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Lexington's Josh Teater gets his third straight top-10 finish on PGA Tour

Special to the Herald-LeaderAugust 5, 2012 

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Josh Teater watches his tee shot on the 18 hole during the second round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament in New Orleans, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

BILL HABER — ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. — Josh Teater continued his streak of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour with a seventh-place showing in the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club on Sunday.

On the strength of four birdies and two eagles during his final round, the former Henry Clay High School and Morehead State University standout finished 31 points, 12 behind winner J.J. Henry.

It was the first PGA event to use modified Stableford scoring since the 2006 International in Castle Rock, Colo. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.

It was Teater's third straight finish in the top 10, and followed a tie for ninth at the True South Classic in Mississippi two weeks ago, and a tie for fourth last week at the RBC Canadian Open.

"It feels great," Teater said after his round Sunday. "Anytime you finish in top 10 on this tour you've obviously played well. I've known I could do it. I've done it in the past.

"This is the first time I've had three (top 10s) in a row, so I'm going to enjoy the week off, practice some, and I'm going to try to go down there in Greensboro (the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina) and try to do it again."

Teater, who is in his third year on the PGA Tour, said he is learning how to deal with the stress the comes with playing at such a high level.

"I finally just decided to go have fun and see what happens," Teater said.

Teater earned $100,500 for the finish and improved four spots to 95th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 125 players in the rankings will qualify for the first event of the tour's playoffs, which start Aug. 23 at The Barclays in Bethpage, N.Y.

■ Former University of Kentucky standout J.B. Holmes finished tied for 12th with 28 points.

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